More arsons under investigation in string of fires intentionally set in south Seattle

More arsons under investigation in string of fires intentionally set in south Seattle

SEATTLE — The Seattle Fire Department said firefighters were called to a construction site near Rainier Avenue and Plum Street Tuesday for a small fire that has been ruled arson, the latest in a string of fires intentionally set in south Seattle that have caused millions of dollars in damage. No injuries have been reported.

Last month, firefighters say an arsonist started a 3-alarm fire at a nearby Beacon Hill construction site, causing an estimated $5 million in damage. Earlier that morning, firefighters say someone burned down the Rainier Farmer Market, the fourth arson reported at that business in a little over a month.

Seattle fire said three additional arsons reported since then are now under investigation, bringing the total to at least 13 fires intentionally started in the neighborhood in recent months, not including some smaller trash fires.

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Seattle police told KIRO 7 Wednesday they arrested a man on suspicion of setting six fires in the city’s Montlake neighborhood Tuesday night. SPD said investigators would look into whether the suspect is connected to other arsons in the city but nothing, at this point, immediately connects him to the south Seattle arsons.

Arson Alarm Foundation is offering an award up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest. At this point, firefighters say investigators have not confirmed whether all of the fires are connected.

“It’s terribly frightening,” said Arson Alarm Foundation board member Kenton Brine. “It’s only a matter of time before one of these structure fires ends up resulting in injuries to the residents or businesses owners of one of those structures or the firefighters who risk their lives to put out these fires.”